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Within an area of knowledge is it more important to have credibility or power?

If you need help with November 2022 Theory of Knowledge Essay tile #1, here are some notes and resources!

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Natural Sciences

MMR Vaccine & Autism – why did so many people believe? Why do people still believe?


History

Early Jewish text – they held a news conference before being peer-reviewed. Why?


Japanese Textbooks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_history_textbook_controversies


Human Sciences

ManyLabs 2 – peer review creates credibility. What power do the findings have?


The Arts

Rotten Tomatoes – these people have credibility and power. So why do we disagree with them? Also, should ranking aggregation sites have this much power? Look at works of art that have been “review bombed.”




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